Tackle homelessness and ease burden on aged care and public health

Release date: 06 Aug 2020

The peak body for non-profit aged care providers Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) says the tragic COVID-19 pandemic has presented opportunities to tackle big picture issues including homelessness.

“In rebuilding from the pandemic we have an opportunity to tackle some of the issues that have traditionally been thrown in the too hard basket, but have huge potential to deliver social services far more efficiently and with less suffering,” ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow said.

“Addressing homelessness with a long term view will significantly ease the burden on the public health and aged care systems in decades to come.

“Investment in public housing and support to bring people out of poverty and homelessness returns tenfold - not just in civic benefits to our society but to future health budgets.

“Several recent state initiatives to increase support for people experiencing homelessness need to be ramped up and made permanent.

“The federal government provided a 30% boost to the homeless viability supplement for aged care as part of its COVID response.  It’s due to end soon and needs to be extended until at least after the Royal Commission gives broader recommendations for reform.

ACSA is also calling for the federal government to establish a Seniors Accommodation Fund to target economic stimulus at older Australians including those who are at risk of homelessness. Stimulus targeted at affordable housing and accommodation for older Australians will benefit the economy quickly. Read ACSA’s housing discussion paper here.

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0408 584 439

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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